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Coventry Lake and other swimming holes get ready for a heat wave

Friends Meaghan Dwyer, 9, and Autumn Skowrenski, 8, take a flying leap into the cool water of Columbia Lake on Monday afternoon. They are both from Columbia. Photo by Marie Brennan

Friends Meaghan Dwyer, 9, and Autumn Skowrenski, 8, take a flying leap into the cool water of Columbia Lake on Monday afternoon. They are both from Columbia. Photo by Marie Brennan

With a heat wave in the forecast, the gatekeeper at Lisicke Beach on Coventry Lake, Joyce Bonney, is bracing for the inevitable – people trying to skirt town regulations regarding beach usage.

“You should hear the sob stories I hear,” Bonney said of people trying to access the beach without the required permit.

Some like it hot, and those who do will probably be happy this week with anticipated highs in the 90s.

Those who don’t, however, will be looking to keep cool and in Coventry there are two popular options, but only one that’s open to the general public.

Lisicke Beach is only open to residents and a seasonal beach permit is required.

Patriots Park Beach, on the other hand, is open to the general public.

Admission is $10 a day and $17 on weekends for vehicles holding up to five people. Each additional person is $3.

A heat wave is officially defined as three days in a row with tem­peratures of 90 degrees or above.

That’s exactly what Connecticut Weather Center meteorologist Bill Jacquemin says is in store for the area later this week.

For those who don’t like the heat, the news gets worse.

Not only is Thursday expected to hit a high in the 90s but it’s also supposed to be humid.

“We are just lucky it’s not long­term like it is in the Midwest,” Jacquemin said.

Along with the hottest weather, expected to hit the area Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jacquemin said to expect scattered thun­derstorms and periodic bouts of humidity – right through the weekend.

On Monday, Coventry residents were already working on keeping cool at Lisicke Beach where it is up to Bonney to make sure every­one looking to use the beach is allowed to be there.

Perched under a borrowed life­guard’s umbrella at the beach’s entrance, Bonney’s job is to check vehicles for resident stickers. No yellow sticker? No beach entry.

For those who do possess a permit – obtainable at the town offices and at Patriots Park Beach – Lisicke Beach is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and, if Monday was any indication, all the parking spaces will likely fill up fast later this week.

In three hours time on Monday, Bonney recorded 55 cars carry­ing 168 people looking to beat the heat.

“It’s amazing,” Bonney said.

Mothers chatted or read under umbrellas while children played in the sand or dipped in the lake.

While some pulled out fast in the early afternoon when it started to sprinkle, others barely seemed to notice the raindrops, which only lasted a few minutes.

Bonney said it’s nice to see people enjoying the lake, but she says the rules are the rules.

Not only is she one of the peo­ple who can control who can and cannot get into the park, Bonney is also responsible for making sure the vehicles line up properly in the designated parking spaces to allow maximum accessibility.

For those who don’t follow the rules, say, by sneaking in before the park opens, Bonney has the authority to write tickets.

Coventry residents can obtain the coveted yellow parking per­mit for an annual fee of $10 per vehicle.

Bonney said the park’s regula­tions don’t stop people from try­ing when the weather heats up and she is always puzzled when out-­of-town residents come looking to swim, especially from towns with swimming areas of their own.

In Columbia, for example, sea­son passes and daily pass options are available for nominal fees.

Non-residents can also purchase season passes for $150, $250 and $100 for children, adults and sen­iors, respectively.

In Willington, both residents and non-residents can purchase daily or seasonal passes for entry to Hall’s Pond.

And, in Willimantic, the Lauter Park’s Splash Pad at 625 Jackson St. is a cool, fun and free way for kids to beat the summer heat.

While most adhere to beach and park usage rules, there’s apparent­ly no lack of determination when it comes to cooling off – permit or no permit.

“They still try and get in,” Bon­ney said.

For information on keeping cool in your town, check out your town’s park and recreation web site.

Posted 7-19-2011

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Spaghetti supper, ice cream social, flea market and more this weekend

Saturday,  July 16

NRA BASIC PISTOL SAFETY CLASS
A one-day NRA pistol safety class will be held at the First Congregational Church of Coventry’s social hall, 1171 Main St., Coventry, at 8:30 a.m. $100 donation requested to help the church’s “Raise the Roof Campaign.” Info: David Cayer (860) 202-2821.

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers Market, located on the grounds of the Church of Hope and the Red Barn at the intersection of routes 66 and 85, Hebron, is held every Saturday through Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

LEBANON FARMERS MARKET
The Lebanon Farmers Market located on the town green, 579 Exeter Road, Lebanon, is held every Saturday through Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon.

JOSHUA METELL 3-ON-3 CLASSIC
The Joshua Metell 3-on-3 Classic will once again be held in Willimantic at Rec Park. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and games start at 10:30 a.m. Team entry fee $15 and 3-on-3 players must be 14 years of age or older. Info: Peter at (860) 911-1961 or Matt and Ingrid Metell at (860) 423-8118 or e-mail jm3on3@yahoo.com. Check out the 3-on-3 FaceBook page for updates. Rain date July 23.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
Windham Community Memorial Hospital offers an all-day “mara­thon” childbirth education class from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the hospital’s education center. Cost is $65 for families delivering their babies at WCMH and $75 for families delivering elsewhere. Participants can also register for a baby basics class (fee: $10 if combined with prepared childbirth class). Information/registration: (860) 456-6894.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

KNITTING WORKSHOP AT LEBANON MUSEUM
Instructors from Country Yarns in Wallingford will teach three con­current levels of knitting classes at a knitting workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House, 780 Trumbull Highway (Route 87), Lebanon. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Beginner level is $11 and includes supplies. Basic and intermediate levels will make different neck accents. Purchase yarns at the workshop but bring a variety of needles. Pre-regis­tration required by Friday, July 15. Call Alicia Wayland, (860) 642-7987, for complete details and to register. Admission is free.

PUPPET SHOW – UCONN
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut Depot Campus, will host a puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Nicole Hartigan’s “God Paints a Saint” will be performed. This is a toy theater evocation of 16th-century Mexico, telling the history of the first appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe – Mexico’s patron saint. Admission is $3 for children, $5 for adults.

SPAGHETTI DINNER AND RAFFLE
The Women’s Softball Association of Greater Willimantic will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and raffle at the VFW Hall, Main Street, Willimantic, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Adults are $6, seniors and children 5 and older are $5, children 4 and under free. Tickets available at the door.

VARIETY SHOW AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL
The First Baptist Church of Lebanon, 463 Exeter Road, Lebanon, invites residents to the annual variety show and ice cream social at 7 p.m. Visitors won’t want to miss the music, skits, jokes, stories and poetry as organizers take a variety show trip based on the theme a “Trip Around the USA.” It will feature songs from the 50 states.

Sunday, July 17

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET

The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

FLEA MARKET AND BAKE SALE

The Ashford Senior Center, Route 14, across from the town hall, will sponsor a flea market and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in con­junction with the Ashford Farmers Market. Tables available. Cost is $10. Info: call Judy at (860) 487-5122 or Pat at (860) 974-1147.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET

The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coven­tryfarmersmarket.com.

CHICKEN BBQ
Moriah Lodge # 15, 220 Providence Rd., Brooklyn will host a Chicken BBQ from Noon to 2 p.m. Dine-in or take out.

Posted 7-15-2011

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Need something to do this weekend? Have breakfast, see a play, shop and more

Saturday July 9

ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST
St. Augustine’s Church, 144 Westminster Road, Route 14, Canterbury, will host an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Cost: $6.

TAG SALE – COVENTRY
The Coventry Republican Town Committee is hosting a tag sale at Ackert Electric, 1265 Main St., Coventry, from 8 a.m. to noon (rain or shine). To donate any good condition items that are no longer wanted or needed, contact Teddie Ackert at either (860) 742-5287 or Tsackert@aol.com.

WILLINGTON SENIORS HOST ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST
The Willington Seniors will host a pancake breakfast at the Senior Center – 60 Old Farms Road on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All you can eat!! $5.00 per person. Call 860-429-8321 for details

MAGIC AT THE LIBRARY
Guilford Smith Memorial Library, Main Street, South Windham, will host magician Pete Haddad at 11 a.m. Info: (860) 423-5159 or visit www.guilfordsmith.org.

LEBANON MEMORABILIA DAY
Lebanon Historical Society Museum, 856 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, will host Memorabilia Day from noon to 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Come and share what you have found, inherited or collected about Lebanon or just come to exchange information or ask questions about all things Lebanon. Call to reserve your display space. Some exhibitors may have Lebanon memorabilia for sale. Info: (860) 642- 6579 or e-mail museum@historyoflebanon.org

FAMILY MOVIE EVENT – SCOTLAND
The Scotland Public Library, 21 Brook Road, Scotland will host a family movie event at noon. Library will show a PG-rated movie and provide popcorn and beverages. Info: (860) 423-1492

KIDS CLUB EVENT: CIVIL WAR LIFE
The Windham Textile & History Museum will host its July Kids Club Activity, “Life During the Civil War,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn about life in Connecticut during the 1860s at the time of the American Civil War. Kids Club Members are free. General admission: $5 for children, $2 for adults. All supplies and refreshments included. Call to register at (860) 456-2178.

PUPPET SHOW – UCONN
The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut campus, will host a puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Ki Hong Kim will present “The Adventures of Doggy Poo.” Show is a tabletop puppet version of a popular Korean children’s story about a lonely piece of poop who finds meaning and acceptance fertilizing a dandelion. Admission: $3 for children, $5 for adults.

SPAGHETTI DINNER
VFW Post No. 1724, 1415 Main St., Willimantic, will host a spa­ghetti dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Adults are $7, seniors $6 and children under 12, $4. For information or tickets, call (860) 423-8507. All pro­ceeds donated to “Roof Fund.”

ST. PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH CHICKEN BARBECUE
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 30 Church St. (Route 85), Hebron, will be holding its monthly dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. (or until sold-out). Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Info: (860) 228-3244.

‘MY FAIR LADY’ – STORRS
The Connecticut Repertory Theatre concludes its 2011 Nutmeg Summer Series with “My Fair Lady,” running July 7-17 in the Harriett S. Jorgensen Theatre (lower Jorgensen Auditorium) on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. Evening performances are Tuesday to Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets $10-$39. For information or tickets, call (860) 486-4226 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

Sunday July 10

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at bird­eye123@earthlink.net.

PET ADOPTION EVENT AT ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
“Our Companions” is planning its second annual Ashford Farmers Market pet adoption event. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Applications will be collected, but no adoptions will happen on the day of the event. Info: Stephanie at (860) 242-9999, ext. 303 or Stephanie@ourcompanions.org.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

RASTOMJI TO PRESENT PIANO RECITAL
Khurshed Rastomji, adjunct professor of music at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Pomfret School, will present a piano recital at East Hampton Public Library, 20 E. High St., at 2:30 p.m. His perfor­mance will include music by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt.

LACTATION/BREASTFEEDING CLASS OR CONSULTATION
Windham Community Memorial Hospital offers a breastfeeding class at 4 p.m. Cost is $10. Info: Pamela Yerkes, certified lactation con­sultant, at (860) 456-6973.

COLONIAL ADVENTURE FOR KIDS DAY CAMP
Children will be able to travel back to the 18th century at Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry with the “Colonial Adventure for Kids” day camp. Registration is being sought now for the camp, which is Monday July 18 through Friday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children ages 8 to 12 have the opportunity enjoy a week of sum­mer fun and explore the way the colonists did in the 18th century. Cost is $150 for the week, $135 for members. Registration required as space is limited. To register, contact the Nathan Hale Homestead at (860) 742-6917 or e-mail hale@ctlandmarks.org.

ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS WANTED
Network Inc. is seeking arts and crafts vendors for a fall fair, “Connecticut’s Own,” to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the grounds of Network’s main office on Route 6 in Andover from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A 10-foot-by-10-foot space is $25. Info: Kathleen McLean at (860) 753-2923 or e-mail kmclean@network-programs.com.

Posted 7-8-2011

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This weekend – Farmers Markets, Parades and more

Saturday July 2

HEBRON FARMERS MARKET
The Hebron Farmers’ Market located on the grounds of Church of Hope and the Red Barn, at the intersection of Routes 66 and 85, Hebron, is held every Saturday through Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

DRAGONS AT THE GOODWIN CENTER
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and the Goodwin State Forest will host an exploration to learn more about the fascinating world of dragonflies from 10 a.m. to noon. The center is located off of Route 6 at 23 Potter Road, Hampton. Pre-registration is requested but not required. For more information or to register: (860) 455-9534 or juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

PUPPET SHOW – UCONN
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, University of Connecticut’s Depot campus, will host a puppet show at 3:30 p.m. Thomas Getchell, excerpts from “The Proleptic Voice: A Visual Poem.” A marionette tour-de-force of vignettes revealing themes of faith, hope and charity in the poetry of one of America’s greatest poets, Emily Dickinson, inspired by her metaphor of life as a circus. Admission $3 for children, $5 for adults.

COLONIAL ADVENTURE FOR KIDS DAY CAMP
Children will be able to travel back to the 18th century at Connecticut Landmarks’ Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry with the “Colonial Adventure for Kids” day camp. Registration sought now for the camp, which is Monday July 18 through Friday July 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children ages 8 to 12 have the opportunity to enjoy a week of summer fun and explore the way colonists did things in the 18th century. Cost is $150 for the week, $135 for members. Registration required as space is limited. To register, contact the Nathan Hale Homestead at (860) 742-6917 or e-mail hale@ctlandmarks.org.

Sunday July 3

CANTERBURY VFW BREAKFAST
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will host a breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $5.50 with children 5­years-old and under free.

AHM GOLF OPEN
Registration is being accepted for AHM Youth and Family Services’ golf tournament at Blackledge Country Club on Monday, July 11, beginning at 9 a.m. The tournament is scheduled for a “shotgun” start at 9: 30 a.m. An afternoon picnic will be hosted by the Armata Family from Ted’s Supermarket. Cost is $125 for individuals, with an added incentive of a $100 discount for all pre-registered foursomes ($ 400). Registration forms and sponsorship forms can be sent via e- mail from the AHM offices. Questions about playing or serving as a sponsor for the tourna­ment should be directed to the AHM off ices (860) 228- 9488.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from the Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a. m. to 1 p. m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earth­link.net.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

ARTS AND CRAFTS VENDORS WANTED
Network Inc. is seeking arts and crafts vendors for a fall fair, “Connecticut’s Own,” to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, on the grounds of Network’s main office on Route 6 in Andover from 9 a.m. to 4 p. m. 10-foot-by-10-foot space costs $25. Info: Kathleen McLean (860) 753- 2923 or e- mail kmclean@network-programs.com.

Monday July 4

CANTERBURY FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Canterbury’s Fourth of July Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Any orga­nization, family or individual who is interested in participating should come to the Baldwin School (Route 14) parking lot at 9 a.m. The parade steps off promptly at 10 a.m. The route of the parade is Baldwin School west to the town hall complex. Following the parade, there will be a flag-raising ceremony.

COLUMBIA LIONS CLUB INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE
The Columbia Lions Club will host the 49th annual Independence Day Parade starting at 10 a. m. from Horace Porter School to Lake Road and Route 87.

WILLIMANTIC BOOM BOX PARADE
Willimantic’s Annual July 4 Boom Box Parade, sponsored by WILI, starts at 11 a.m. with lineup starting at 9 a.m. in the Jillson Square park­ing lot. Participants and spectators should wear red, white and blue and bring a radio to the parade tuned to 1400/WILI AM. The radios provide the music. Anyone can march in the parade, create a float or just watch this memorable event.

Posted 7-1-2011

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This weekend – CoventryFest, Celebrate America, Blues Fest and more

Saturday, June 25

ANNUAL TAG SALE – ST. COLUMBA CHURCH
St. Columba Church, junction of routes 66 and 87, Columbia, will be holding its annual tag sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: (860) 228- 2050. Donations accepted.

THRIFT SHOP AND KID’S BOUTIQUE
The Thrift Shop and Kid’s Boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church on 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week. Spring items have ar rived. The shops will be closed Saturday, July 2, for the holiday weekend. Info: ( 860) 423- 6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

ANNUAL SUMMER BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Mansfield Library will hold their summer book sale at the Mansfield Library located on Route 89 in Mansfield Center. The doors open at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Mansfield Library. For the convenience of the public, a shuttle bus will operate from the Southeast Elementary School (Route 89) parking lot on Saturday, only. Anyone wishing to submit donations of books is encouraged to do so throughout the year. Books may be dropped off in the delivery service entrance at the front of the Mansfield Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center.

TAG SALE – ASHFORD
The Lake Chaffee Improvement Association will be holding a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chaffee Hall, 15 Old Town Road, Ashford. Multiple families will be involved.

SCOTLAND SENIORS BAKE & TAG SALE
The Scotland Seniors will be conducting a bake and tag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Scotland Green, Route 14, Scotland from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space available and costs $10 each. Proceeds to benefit Scotland Community Hall. Rain date June 26. Info: Alice Bury (860) 546- 9572.

HARDY PLANT SOCIETY SUMMER PICNIC AND PROGRAM
The Hardy Plant Society will host a 1 p. m. picnic/program featur­ing Joann Vieira, curator, Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Program called “Wildflowers and Companions.” Lunch is noon. Rain date Sunday, June 26. All welcome. Bring a dish to share and a chair. Location: Quack in Grass Nursery, 16 Laurel Hill Road, Brooklyn, from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m.

VICTORIAN BAZAAR
Willimantic Camp Meeting Association, 1 mile south of Frog Bridge on Route 32, will host a Victorian bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food, crafts, plants, white elephant and more. Proceeds go to maintain histori­cal buildings, Vacation Bible school, port-a-potties at playground/pond area. Info: (860) 942-8499.

DRAGONFLIES AT THE GOODWIN CENTER
The Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center and the Goodwin State Forest will host an exploration to learn more about the fascinating world of Dragonflies, from 10 a.m. to noon. The center is located off of Route 6 at 23 Potter Road, Hampton. Pre-registration is requested but not required. For more information or to register: (860) 455- 9534 or juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.

SPRING CARNIVAL – COLUMBIA
Columbia Rec Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., moon bounce, kickball, Wiffle ball, volleyball and carnival games for all ages. Sponsored by Columbia Leo Club, proceeds to support Columbia charities.

COVENTRYFEST
Come join the fun at this year’s annual CoventryFest, held on Coventry Lake at Patriot’s Park. The rain date is Sunday, June 26. The family-oriented event begins at 3 p.m. with a f ireworks display over Coventry Lake after sundown. Free admission, however, donations are accepted to help defer the cost of the event and to help support future CoventryFest activities.

PUPPET SHOW – UCONN
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, UConn’s Depot campus, will host a puppet show at 4 p.m. Event to feature Travis Lope and Leah Sylvain, The Enchanted Vanity Set. Show to feature an expertly crafted toy theater full of magical transformations. Show will also feature Travis Lope, Foolish Fortunes. A gypsy for tune-teller reveals the future to lucky members of the audience. Admission $3 for children, $5 for adults.

CELEBRATE AMERICA – HEBRON
The Hebron Lions Club will “Celebrate America” with fireworks at the Hebron Fair grounds. Gate opens at 5 p.m., $ 10 per car (rain date Sunday June 26). Fireworks, live band, food and games will be featured.

SHABOO BLUES FESTIVAL/ WINDHAM HOSPITAL BENEFIT
The Auxiliary to Windham Hospital presents ” The Shaboo Blues Festival” on Sat., June 25, 2011 at Jillson Square in Willimantic. Music 5 to 11 p.m. The concert is a benefit for a new out-patient and oncology suite at Windham Hospital. Sponsored in part by the Lester E. & Phyllis M. Foster Foundation, the event fea­tures Elvin Bishop, James Cotton, and the David Foster & the Shaboo All-Stars and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the opening of the legendary Shaboo Inn.

SUMMER DANCE – COLUMBIA
The Town of Columbia is hosting a summer dance at Columbia Town Hall, Route 87, Columbia, from 8 to 11 p.m. Featuring Columbia Five Star Band. Cost is $11/per­son. Benefits Columbia Recreation Department Info: www.columbiact.org or call (860) 228-8513.

Sunday, June 26

BUFFET BREAKFAST – WINDHAM
Knights of Columbus Council 14, 41 Club Road, Windham, is hosting a buffet breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Children under 5 free, 6-12, $5.50, seniors $6 and adults $6.50. Take-outs available.

SPORTING CLAYS FUN SHOOT
The Connecticut Waterfowlers Association will host a clay pigeon fun shoot at the Fin, Fur & Feather Club, Chaplin, rain or shine. Open to all. Event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration, 9:30 a.m. with a shot­gun start. Fees are $75 adults/$45 ages 17 and younger. Info: John Pawelec at (860) 429-7033 or www.ctwaterfowlers.org.

ANNUAL SUMMER BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Mansfield Library will host its summer book sale at the Mansfield Library, located on Route 89 in Mansfield Center. The doors open at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Mansfield Library. Anyone wishing to submit donations of books are encouraged to do so throughout the year. Books may be dropped off in the delivery service entrance at the front of the Mansfield Library, 54 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center.

CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN
The Church of the Holy Family in Hebron will sponsor its 11th annual Padre’s Run to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project, an orga­nization that provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civil­ian life. Registration: 9 to 11 a.m. in the church hall. There will be a memorial mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by a motorcycle poker run with three different stops across the state. For those choosing not to ride, they may attend the dinner for $10 per adult, $5 per child and children under age of 3 are free. Info: (860) 228-0096 or online www.holyfami­lyhebron.org.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park off Route 44 across from Ashford Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earthlink.net.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

OPEN HOUSE – SOUTH WINDHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT
South Windham Fire Department, 41 Machine Shop Hill Road, South Windham will be hosting an open house to celebrate 100 years of service to the community from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring fire prevention, blood pressure screening, apparatus review and history displays.

Posted 6-24-2011

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This Weekend – Tag Sales, Farmers Markets and more

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

THRIFT SHOP AND KIDS’ BOUTIQUE
The thrift shop and kids’ boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week. Spring items have arrived. The shops will be closed Saturday, July 2, for the holiday weekend. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

CANTERBURY VFW BOOK SALE
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, will be holding a book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NEIGHBORHOOD TAG SALE – COVENTRY LAKE
The Gerald Park Association will be hosting a neighborhood tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Streets include: Avery Shores, Dooley Avenue, Fitzgerald Boulevard, Ross Avenue, Washburn Avenue and adjacent streets. Multiple tag sales within a few blocks.

GIANT YARD SALE
Canterbury Finnish Hall, Route 169, Canterbury, will be hosting a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors welcome. Info: (860) 564-7432.

ANNIVERSARY AND SUMMER READING SPECTACULAR
Janet Carlson Calvert Library, 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, will host a summer reading program from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors can enjoy a piece of cake and see how the library has grown. Sign up for summer reading and meet winners of the circus-theme anniversary quilt children’s contest.

‘STUPENDOUSLY WONDERFUL MUSIC SHOW’
The Babcock Library, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford will host Susan Peak’s “Stupendously Wonderful Music Show” at 10:30 a.m. in Knowlton Hall. For children ages 3-10.

SATURDAY BEREAVEMENT GROUP
Hospice of Eastern Connecticut, 34 Ledgebrook Drive, Mansfield will hold its Saturday bereavement group from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Group is appropriate for those who are grieving a year or more. Group is open to the community. Info: (860) 456-7288, ext. 293.

COVENANT SOUP KITCHEN 2nd STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Jillson Square, Willimantic, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 Admission (children under 12 Free). Food and beverages available for sale. Games, entertain­ment and door prizes.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour guides will lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October and is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, donations welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

33rd ANNUAL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
The First Congregational Church of Lebanon will host its annual Strawberry Festival at 7 p.m. Donation $7 adults and $3 children. Take-out available.

CARIBBEAN EVENING – MANSFIELD SENIORS
New summer hours at the Mansfield Senior Center, 303 Maple Road, Storrs, begin with a June 23 Caribbean dinner at 5:45 p.m. and entertain­ment provided by Bruce John. $5 payable with reservation by June 20. For info:/reservations call (860) 429-0262.

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

FATHER’S DAY BUFFET BREAKFAST
The American Legion Hall, Route 207, Lebanon, will be hosting a Father’s Day breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Adults are $7, seniors $5 and children 12 and under $5.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from the town hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: Loretta at birdeye123@earth­link.net.

FATHER’S DAY LOBSTER DINNER
The Legionnaires will be serving a lobster dinner at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 138 Snake Hill Road, Coventry. Cost is $25/person. Reservations suggested. Info:/tickets: Jack Lacek at (860) 742-7017.

COVENTRY FARMERS MARKET
The Coventry Farmers Market is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead at 2299 South St. The market will run every Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October. Info: www.coventryfarmersmarket.com.

Posted 6-17-2011

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Saturday June 11

AMSTON LAKE COMMUNITY TAG AND CRAFT SALE ON THE GREEN
The Amston Lake Association will host a community tag and craft sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the green across from Main Beach. Proceeds to benefit Amston Lake community events, kids’ events, and clubhouse maintenance. Amston Lake Association members are $5 per space; non-members, $10 per space. Contact Lynn at (860) 841-1116. Rain date is June 12.

ST. PETER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH TO HOST TAG SALE
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 30 Church St. (Route 85), Hebron, will hold a huge tag sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info: (860) 228-3244 or visit the church web site at www.StPetersHebron.com.

THRIFT SHOP AND KID’S BOUTIQUE
The Thrift Shop and Kid’s Boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church on 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week and spring items have arrived. The shops will be closed Saturday, July 2, for the holiday weekends. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

BIGG PLAY TAG SALE
BIGG Play will hold a tag sale on Jillson Square, Willimantic, from 9 a. m. to 1 p. m. 20 families will be participating.

TAG SALE – WILLIMANTIC
The McSweeney Regional Senior Center, 47 Crescent St., Willimantic, will be holding a tag sale from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m.

STATE’S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE DAY
The Prudence Crandall Museum, 1 South Canterbury, Route 14 and 169, Canterbury, welcomes all visitors free to this year’s Open House Day, from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Open House Day is an annual event where cultural organizations and tourism attractions throughout the state open their doors inviting the public to discover and rediscover Connecticut’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism. Info: (860) 546-7800 or go to www.ctvisit.com.

COMMUNITY BIKE SAFETY FAI­R
The Hebron Lions Club will be hosting a Community Bike Safety Fair at the Hebron Lions Fairground, Route 85, Hebron from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. The fair will include bicycle safety lessons, bicycle maintenance demonstrations, seat and handlebar alignment, bicycle exhibits, skill events, and competitions. The first 150 children who attend the fair will receive a token for a free gift that will be distributed at the end of the event. Free admission, rain or shine.

ONE-ROOM GREEN DISTRICT SCHOOL OPEN
On Open House Day, art galleries, museums, theaters, historic prop­erties, tourism attractions and other key sites throughout Connecticut open their doors. From 10 a. m. to 3 p. m., the one-room Green District School in Canterbury will be open. It is located adjacent to the First Congregational Church, Library Road, Canterbury Green, on Route 169 (South Canterbury Road) just south of the intersection with Route 14. Free admission.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR RE-ENACTORS – LEBANON
Members of the 6th Connecticut Regiment and several French caval­rymen and their horses will visit the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House, 780 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, and set up a demonstration camp on the lawn from noon to 4 p.m. They will be joined by a female apothecary who will have herbs and plants used for colonial medicines on display. The event is part of Connecticut Open House Day and admission is free. Info: (860) 642- 7987.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SUPPER AND AUCTION
The First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Road, Route 195, Mansfield will host a public strawberry shortcake supper and silent auc­tion. Seatings are at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 children 6-12 years old. Supper and auction proceeds will benefit the “Raise the Roof Fund” to replace the wooden shingles on this historic church. Info: (860) 429- 6043 or visit www.fbcmansfieldct.com.

EASTFORD HERITAGE DAY CHICKEN BARBECUE
Eastford Elementary School will host the Eastford Heritage Day chicken barbecue at 6 p.m. $10/dinner. For tickets John Paquin (860) 974-0256 or Jeannine Spink (860) 974-1678. Proceeds to benefit the Eastford Independent Fire Company.

‘THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST’
The Windham Theatre Guild ends its 2010-11 season “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opening at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors (60 plus), $10 for University of Connecticut/Eastern Connecticut State University/Quinebaug Valley Community College students and $8 for children under 12. Reservations by calling (860) 423-2245 or by visit­ing www.windhamtheatreguild.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

GOLF TOURNAMENT – COVENTRY/ HEBRON
The Coventry Early Childhood Center will hold its annual golf tour­nament at the Blackledge Country Club, Hebron. Players and sponsors needed. All proceeds will benefit the center. Info: (860) 742- 5859 or www.scrambleforourschool.com.

Sunday June 12

WAIM’S ANNUAL FLEA MARKET FUNDRAISER
Mansfield Marketplace at the Drive-In will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will go directly to help support Windham Area Interfaith Ministry’s work in the community. Info: Neenah at WAIM at (860) 456- 7270, ext. 13.

CHAMBER CHICKEN WING CHALLENGE
The Windham Region Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Chicken Wing Challenge’ will allow participants to taste specialty chicken wings from six local restaurants and judge who has the best wings in the region.

Restaurants are Willington Pizza Too, Lucky Frog, Sneakers Sports Bar, American Eagle Saloon & Café, Fred’s Brickhouse Pizza and That Breakfast Place. (Locations subject to change). Registration 9:30 to 11 a.m. at TSI Harley Davidson. Cost is $20 for a single rider, $30 with pas­senger. Ends at the Bach Dor with a roast beef dinner. Register early and get a free raffle ticket. Info: ( 860) 423- 6389 or www.WindhamChamber.com.

ASHFORD FARMERS MARKET
The Ashford Farmers Market is held at Pompey Hollow Park, off Route 44 across from the Town Hall. The market will run every Sunday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October. Info: e-mail Loretta birdeye123@earthlink.net.

REVOLUTION CANNONS AND CALVARY AT HALE
“Revolution! Cannons & Calvary at the Nathan Hale Homestead” will featuring Sheldon’s Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons and other re-enactment artillery and infantry groups at 3 p.m. skirmish, artisans, crafts and more. Event starts at 10:30 a.m. Adults $5, children free. Nathan Hale Homestead is at 2299 South St., Coventry. Info: (860) 742-6917 or visitctlandmarks.org.

CHICKEN BARBECUE – BROOKLYN
Moriah Lodge No. 15, 220 Providence Road, Brooklyn, will host a chicken barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $10/person. Help support “Children First, Brooklyn.” Open house at the lodge is from noon to 3 p.m.

19TH CENTURY NATURE WALK
A nature walk will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the James L. Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center off Route 6, 23 Potter Road, Hampton. Program will introduce a new outdoor program series called “The Victorian Naturalist.” This nature walk series will revisit the “country outings” that were so popular during Victorian times. Participants may wish to wear their tweeds, skirts and hobnail boots. Info: (860) 455-9534 or juan.sanchezjr@ct.gov.

Posted 6-10-2011

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Much to do this weekend – 5k Road Race, Victorian Days, sales, hikes and more

Saturday June 4

CHAPLIN 5K ROAD RACE
Chaplin Elementary School, 240 Palmer Road, Chaplin. Pre-registra­tion $12, day of $15. Race starts promptly at 9 a.m. Registration 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Trophies awarded. http://www.chaplinschool.org/documents/roadraceapplication.pdf

CASH WASH FUNDRAISER
Mansfield Self Storage, 533 Route 32, Mansfield, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 100 percent of proceeds will be given to Birth to Three. The Birth to Three system assists and strengthens the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.

LEBANON FARMERS MARKET OPENS FIFTH SEASON
Lebanon Farmers Market opens and runs Saturday mornings 9 a.m. until noon through Oct. 15 at Lebanon Town Hall, 579 Exeter Road. On opening day free reusable shopping bags will be given to those who spend $5 at any single vendor (while supplies last). In addition, Lebanon’s Garden Club will hold a plant swap and answer garden questions, and The Farmers Cow will be on hand with samples of their ice cream.

D. A. R. TAG SALE
Benefit tag sale to be held at the D.A.R. Chapter House, 36 Wolf Den Road, Brooklyn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To benefit the Sarah Williams Danielson Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Info: Lucy (860) 774-9457.

COMBINED ESTATE, TAG AND PLANT SALE
Strong Porter House, 2382 South St., Coventry will host an estate, tag and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funds will be used to help the Coventry Historical Society repair winter storm damage to the historic Strong Porter House. Donations of saleable items or plants, excluding large stuffed furniture and appliances, are sought. Call Bob Visny (860) 742-8354, or Milton Natusch (860) 742- 7474. Vendors are welcome for $25 booth. Info: www.ctcoventryhistoricalsociety.org.

TAG SALE
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 398 Stafford Road, Mansfield. Benefits the Compassionate Friends East of the River.

THRIFT SHOP AND KID’S BOUTIQUE
The Thrift Shop and Kid’s Boutique is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 199 Valley St., Willimantic. New items every week, spring items have arrived. The shops will be closed Saturday, July 2 for the holiday weekend. Info: (860) 423-6827 or visit www.churchw.org.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES
Windham Hospital offers an all-day “marathon” childbirth education class from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the hospital’s education center. Cost of class is $65 for families delivering their babies at Windham Hospital and $75 for families delivering elsewhere. Participants can also register for a baby basics class (fee: $10 if combined with prepared childbirth class). Info/register: (860) 456-6894.

VICTORIAN DAYS
The 13th annual Victorian Days in Willimantic, presented by the Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association, will take visitors on a trip back in time to experience the beautiful Victorian lifestyle once enjoyed in Willimantic, June 2 through June 5, starting at 11 a.m. Info: advance tickets, reservations for tea, or to receive a brochure with full details and the summer events calendar, call (860) 428-7573 or visit www.victorianwillimantic.org.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT’S MICRO ARTS FIESTA
Eastern Connecticut’s micro arts fiesta will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Garden on the Bridge, historic downtown Willimantic. Vendors, artists, shoppers and the curious and creative are welcome to participate in the micro arts fiesta on the Garden on the Bridge dur­ing Victorian Days in Willimantic. Info: (860) 933-8427 or visit www.WilliArtsFiesta.com.

PRESENTATION AND INTERPRETIVE HIKE
The Willington Conservation Commission is sponsoring a presenta­tion and interpretive hike by Barbara Austin on forest edibles and medic­inals from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Fenton Ruby Park, corner of Moose Meadow and Burma Roads, Willington. Rain date is Sunday afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Chris (860) 429-8384 for more info.

FREE CONCERT OF COLONIAL MUSIC 1620 TO 1781
Free Concert of colonial music 1620 to 1781 Pilgrims’ Progress from Plimoth to Yorktown at 2 p.m. at the Lebanon Congregational Church on the historic Lebanon green, Lebanon. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Columbia and Lebanon historical societies. Info: (860) 642-6579.

ANNUAL PLANT SWAP
Mansfield Public Library will hold its annual plant swap at 3 p.m. in the Buchanan Auditorium. To participate, bring one plant or many, a perennial, annual or shrub or vegetable in a container you are willing to give away. Free and open to the public. Info (860) 423-2501 or visit www.mansfieldpubliclibraryct.org

SPRING CHICKEN BBQ
Franklin Congregational Church, 31 Meetinghouse Hill Road, is hosting a spring chicken BBQ with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Adults $10, seniors $9, children 12 and under $5, pre-school free. Tickets available at the door.

QUIET CORNER CONTRA DANCE
Dance is at the Storrs Congregational Church Hall, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs (Church Drive a short way down from the inter­section of Route 195, on the UConn campus). Free lessons at 7:30 p.m., with dance beginning at 8 p.m. (all dances are taught). $10 non-member adults, members $8. High school and college students $5, Children under 12, $3. Info. Marc (860) 933-5144 mascrivener@gmail.com, or Dave (484) 844-5203 dcannell@freeshell.org

‘THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST’
The Windham Theatre Guild ends its 2010-11 season with one of the funniest and most performed plays ever written in the English language, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opening at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors (60 plus), $10 for college students and $8 for children under 12. Reservations by calling (860) 423-2245 or by visiting www.windhamtheatreguild.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Sunday June 5

TAG SALE
A tag sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 398 Stafford Road, Mansfield. Benefits the Compassionate Friends East of the River.

VICTORIAN DAYS
The 13th annual Victorian Days in Willimantic, presented by the Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association, will take visitors on a trip back in time to experience the beautiful Victorian lifestyle once enjoyed in Willimantic through June 5 starting at 11 a.m. Info/advance tickets, reservations for tea, or to receive a brochure with full details and the summer events calendar, call (860) 428-7573 or visit www.victorianwillimantic.org

CANTERBURY VFW BREAKFAST
Canterbury VFW, Route 169, North Canterbury Road, Canterbury will be hosting a Sunday Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $5.50, 5 years and under free.

SCOTLAND HUNTINGTON HOMESTEAD OPEN HOUSE
Tour Guides lead visitors through the birthplace of Samuel Huntington, signer of the Declaration of Independence from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gov. Samuel Huntington Trust opens the Homestead on the first and third Saturdays of each month through October. It is located on Route 14 just west of the Scotland town center. Free admission, dona­tions welcome. Info: (860) 423-1547.

PRAISE FESTIVAL
The Council for Christian Arts in partnership with the First Baptist Church of Willimantic will host the 10th annual Praise Festival at Jillson Square beginning at 1 p.m. Free event. More details are available online at www.ccawindhamcounty.org or by calling Sara Sabo (860) 456-0239 or Doreen Bolduc (860) 455-9616.

HISTORIC TOUR
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary route. Join Columbia Historical Society members for a 1- to 2-mile historic tour, “Revolutionary Columbia” from 1 to 4 p. m. See where Rochambeau, Washington and Lafayette trav­eled through Lebanon Crank en route from Newport to Yorktown: The tour stops include: The Landmark Inn (c1750), Eleazar Wheelock House (c1735) exterior only, Moor’s Charity School (c1755), Clark House (c1742), and the Old Yard Cemetery. Landmark Natural Foods Store and Cafe (326 Route 87) is the tour headquarters for hourly guided tours. Brochures for self-guided tours will also be available. Sponsored by the Columbia Historical Society: columbia-history.org Easy, mostly level terrain. No dogs please. Heavy rains cancel. Parking is available at the town administrative offices, Beckish Senior Center, Landmark Inn or Horace Porter School. A virtual tour will be available online in late summer.

ALBERT E. MOSS FOREST SANCTUARY CELEBRATION
Ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a guided walk led by local natu­ralists Sue and Tom Harrington to celebrate the permanent preservation and recent trail improvements to the Albert E. Moss Forest, Wildflower, and Wildlife Sanctuary. The event is free and open to the public and is appro­priate for families with children age 5 and older. Meet at the Mansfield Community Center at 2 p.m. For more information about the Albert E. Moss Forest, Wildflower, and Wildlife Sanctuary and all of Mansfield parks and preserves, visit www.mansfieldct.gov. To download trail guides of Mansfield’s parks and preserves log on to www.mansfieldct.org/trail­guides.

‘THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST’
The Windham Theatre Guild ends its 2010-11 season with one of the funniest and most performed plays ever written in the English language, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opening at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main St., Willimantic at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students and seniors (60 plus), $10 for college students and $8 for children under 12. Reservations by calling (860) 423-2245 or by visiting www.windhamthe­atreguild.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

MUSIC IN THE PARK
Alex Caisse Park, Willimantic, 2 p.m. Black Burn, Rusty Macha. Free concert. Info: Windham Rec. (860) 465-3046.

RENAISSANCE REVIVAL CONCERT
“The Battle Join’d! Music of Warfare and of the Hunt.” Madrigals and chansons sung by the Renaissance Revival, directed by Michael McCarthy. St. Mark’s Episcopal Chapel, 42 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Freewill donations suggested. Contact: (860) 429-8388 or web site RenRevival.org.

MEDITATION
Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese poet and scholar. Free. Sundays, Knight House, Eastern Connecticut State University. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Info: (860) 423-3859.

5TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Coventry Early Childhood Center is holding its annual golf tourna­ment at the Blackledge Country Club, Hebron, on June 12. Players and sponsors needed. All proceeds will benefit the center. Info: (860) 742-5859 or www.scrambleforourschool.com

Posted 6-3-2011

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